Digital Daily Dozen 10/21/2013

Top 10 unanswered questions involving spectrum auctions (By DPI’s Umansky and Caristi)

Many in Washington, and beyond the Beltway for that matter, are anticipating the upcoming spectrum incentive auctions set to take place in the coming year or so. While these auctions could stand to raise billions of dollars for the U.S. treasury and broadcasters, there are also many issues that need to be worked out.


Google is winning online ad war by going mobile

Google is losing the battle against falling ad prices, but still winning the online advertising war.

In its earnings report on Thursday, the company revealed the decline of a key pricing metric has once again accelerated, as its cost-per-click fell 8% from a year earlier.


Illinois high court rejects ‘Amazon’ sales tax

The Illinois Supreme Court threw out a state law Friday that taxes certain Internet sales, saying the so-called “Amazon tax” violated federal rules against “discriminatory taxes” on digital transactions.


How Hollywood Can Capitalize on Piracy

After spending millions of dollars on legal fees, film studios should stop suing downloaders and take better advantage of what they do.


It’s Our Pirate Party, We Can Do What We Want (Commentary)

The argument that movie studios could eliminate piracy by just releasing more movies sooner, cheaper or in a different format is incorrect.


As Downloads Dip, Music Executives Cast a Wary Eye on Streaming Services

Total digital sales are down almost 1 percent so far this year, and some in the industry cite the rise of streaming music services like Spotify and Pandora.


NBCUniversal Leads U.S. Efforts in TV Everywhere
NBCUniversal leads the U.S. TV Everywhere market in providing access to TV content on multiple screens, while Epix and HBO support the effort on more second-screen devices than any other cable network, according to a report from the TV Intelligence Service at IHS.


Netflix Poised to Pass HBO in U.S. Paid Subscribers
Netflix is poised to pass HBO in paid U.S. subscribers, showing CEO Reed Hastings is making progress in transforming the streaming service into a web-based TV network. “Consumers are probably going to come to see Netflix as more valuable than other networks.”


Hulu May Join Netflix in Rush for Cable-TV Partners
Hulu is said to be exploring ways to boost the reach of the TV-streaming service and make its subscription model more durable. One possible way to do that would be to make itself a generic solution for cable operators that want to move their signals online, analysts say.


Despite Ban, FilmOn X Tests Service In Boston

Online video company FilmOn TV says it conducted a brief test of its service in New England last week, despite an injunction prohibiting the company from streaming TV programs in that part of the country.


Now that Congress has reopened the federal government, lawmakers can get back to what they had been doing all along on tech and telecom policy — not a whole lot. The endless string of battles over the budget has sapped time and energy from the corners of Capitol Hill that grind away quietly at complex tech policy issues.


The ACLU filed a lawsuit, asking that the US government answer questions about its policy of notifying criminal defendants when they were monitored through the NSA’s surveillance programs. The “lawsuit aims to reveal how the government justified keeping defendants in the dark about evidence based on NSA surveillance.”


With only 2 billion people connected to the Internet around the world, getting the other 5 billion will take enormous amounts of capital expenditures. Unless we all start sharing our mobile broadband access, that is. So what can the industry do? Plenty, actually, provided that people have incentives and easy ways to share.


The Digital Daily Dozen is distributed weekdays (usually) by Dom Caristi as a service of the BSU Digital Policy Institute. The articles are culled from various e-newsletters. The content is not original – only their compilation in this mailing is.